Predictions for the 2012 Hungarian Grand Prix – Hungaroring

Posted: July 28, 2012 by thevillainf1 in 2012 Predictions

As has become the the norm lately I’m fashionably late with my predictions post so this will be just a quickie. Again we’re set for a weekend with the threat of rain looming in the background but it could just as well be crazy hot this weekend in Hungary. The Mclaren already looked strong in Hockenheim but was hampered by again struggling in a wet quali. The Ferrari is a top car now but perhaps not quite the best one yet, while it remains to be seen how hard the bulls will be hit by yet another rule ‘clarification’.

Mercedes are horrible managing their tyres, and added to the high temps they will probably struggle like hell again in this race. Lotus is definitely the dark horse with Kimi seemingly finally having fully found his stride and Grosjean capable of some fine drives on his day I would not count them out. Their car also seems to work best when it’s nice and hot outside so this could be a great chance for them.

I think clear favourite for the pole should be Hamilton. He’s been top in practice, he’s pissed off after three bad races and finally seems really happy with the upgrades brought to the car and how they affect its behaviour, therefore I’m taking the stupidly boring prediction of a Hamilton pole. Alonso is a master around Hungary so I believe he will come p2, to be followed home by Webber, for whom this is also a fairly happy hunting ground for him to take the edge over  Vettel in quali again this season (it would make the score 6-5 for Webbo – who would have thought that last year!)

Further down I don’t think the Saubers will be as strong as in the last race, but Mercs drop in performance will still see them finish well, same for the Force India’s who’ll be fighting the Mercs for the final points. Seeing as I got a bit of a theme going on looking at past performances at the track, I’m injecting another major dose of #PERRRRKELE into this post saying Heikki will get to Q2 AND score the first points for Caterham. After all it was the scene of his first win back in his Mclaren days.

On to the front runners’ race, I think we will be on for a thriller but it will be more a tactical one. It will be hard to overtake, as running in dirty air on this track in particular give you terminal understeer in the constant twisty sections and just destroys your tyres. Hamilton hasn’t been making particularly good starts lately ( while incidentally, Webber seems to have at long last mastered his horrible starting problems) and Alonso is a beast off the line so it will be tight into T1. However having the clean line from pole will allow Lewis to just pip Alonso into T1. They will fight very hard throughout and that will allow a sneaky Raikkonen to recover early on from another disappointing quali to be right on them in the final stint. In a shock battle Kimi will vanquish all while Lewis will get outsmarted by Alonso for P2.

To round up:

Quali:

1. Hamilton

2.Alonso

3.Webber

Race:

1.Raikkonen

2.Alonso

3.Hamilton

 

Cucumber: Pastor. Senna will beat him in quali and he’ll get all Venezuelan mob on his ass.

Comments
  1. Quali:
    Hamilton
    Räikkönen
    Alonso

    Race:
    Hamilton
    Alonso
    Schumacher

    Cucumber of the race: Maldonado, he was just too quiet in Germany…

  2. I have to go watch practice 3, so I’ll leave them with no explanation today!

    QUALIFYING

    Pole Position: Lewis HAMILTON
    2nd: Fernando ALONSO
    3rd: Jenson BUTTON

    RACE

    Winner: Fernando ALONSO
    2nd: Lewis HAMILTON
    3rd: Jenson BUTTON

  3. UTBowler0407 says:

    Quali:

    1. Hamilton
    2. Button
    3. Grosjean

    Race:

    1. Hamilton
    2. Button
    3. Raikkonen

    Cucumber: Grosjean. No clue why, I just have a feeling he’ll bin it, throwing away a good opportunity for a Lotus double podium.

    Since 2005, the only Hungarian GP which wasn’t won by McLaren (or by Jenson Button before moving to McLaren) was Webbo taking the victory 2 years ago. McLaren seems to have figured out this track well, so I think they’re in position for a double podium. I’ve only put Kimi in P3 because he struggles a bit in quali (and Hungary is a difficult track for overtaking). If he can put in a good qualifying run I wouldn’t be surprised to see him take P2 or even the win.

  4. Animesports96 says:

    Quali: Race
    1 VET. 1 VET
    2 WEB 2 ALO
    3 ALO 3 GRO

    cucumber goes to RAI
    Going different here

  5. thef1fanatic says:

    Quali:

    1) Hamilton

    2) Vettel

    3) Alonso

    Race:

    1) Alonso

    2) Vettel

    3) Raikkonen

  6. JourneyTH says:

    Quali: 1. Hamilton 2. Webber 3. Vettel
    Race: 1. Webber 2. Raikkonen 3. Grosjean

    Cucumber: Rosberg

  7. KielF1 says:

    Quali
    P1 Hamilton 2. Webber 3.Vettel

    Race
    P1 Webber 2. Alonso 3. Hamilton

    Cucumber : Grosjean

  8. jan1710F1 says:

    Quali:

    Hamilton
    Vettel
    Alonso

    Race:
    Alonso
    Hamilton
    Vettel

  9. Marcus says:

    Q
    1.Webber
    2.Alonso
    3.Hamilton

    R
    1.Alonso
    2.Kimi
    3.Button

    Cucumber:Massa

  10. elliotstan says:

    Seems Hamilton has pole. Apparently quite an impressive drive by all accounts.

    R.
    1. Kimi
    2. Hamilton
    3. Grosjean

  11. elliotstan says:

    Dammit. Off by one.

  12. thevillainf1 says:

    Yep that’s the closest anyone got to unveiling Horny Horner. Was looking like it was going to happen too but Hungary just doesnt lend itself to overtaking…

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